Adama Traoré (Ivorian footballer)
Adama Traoré playing for Melbourne Victory in 2012
|Full name||Adama Traoré|
|Date of birth||3 February 1990|
|Place of birth||Bondoukou, Côte d'Ivoire|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Left Back / Left Midfield / Left Winger|
|Vitória de Guimarães|
|2002–2004||Celtic Football Academie|
|2005–2006||EF Yéo Martial|
|2006–2008||EF Yéo Martial|
|2009–2012||Gold Coast United||69||(3)|
|2014–||Vitória de Guimarães||7||(0)|
|2007||Côte d'Ivoire U17||1||(0)|
|2006–2007||Côte d'Ivoire U19||1||(0)|
|2007–2009||Côte d'Ivoire U20||5||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Adama Traoré (born 3 February 1990) in the Ivory Coast, is an Ivorian-Australian professional footballer, who plays as a left-back for Vitória de Guimarães in the Primeira Liga. He has also played for Australian clubs Melbourne Victory and Gold Coast United. Traore carries both Ivorian passport and Australian Passport.
Traoré began his career in his native Côte d'Ivoire. He played for Ecole de Football Yéo Martial. He later signed a 3-year contract with former A-League club Gold Coast United, after impressing in trial matches. Gold Coast United invited him for a trial after having watched highlights of his performances at the 2007 Toulon Tournament.
In 2010 Traore stated the move to the former A-League club Gold Coast United was a stepping stone in his ambitions of playing club football internationally. Due to Gold Coast United having its A-League license revoked  it was announced On 15 March 2012 Traore had signed a 2-year contract with A-League club Melbourne Victory. Traore made his debut for the Victory in their Round 1 clash with cross-town rivals Melbourne Heart, an encounter which the Victory lost 2–1. On 9 March 2013, Traore suffered a high grade, high ankle ligament rupture which sidelined him for the rest of the 2012/13 season.
After Clive Palmer's club collapsed, and before the hurried inception of the Western Sydney Wanderers as a replacement in the A-League, Adama Traore signed with Melbourne Victory - and stated his desire to play for Australia's national team. The future coach of Australia stated that Adama would be a good fit for the left full-back position however he was rejected due to a FIFA rule that was designed to protect players from being signed at a young age by foreign football giants - many of his compatriots are signed as teenagers by French clubs, and as a result the French national team has many Africans playing for them. Adama's 7 appearances as a teenager in the Ivory Coast youth squads prior to 2010 were cited as the reason. Australia were ranked 59th in the FIFA world rankings leading into the 2014 World Cup - well below Ivory Coast for several years - however Traore genuinely wanted to become a naturalised Australian citizen, and Australian law as well as similar cases overseas meant that the main issues seen in 2012/13 were: would Traore be fit after his ankle injury, and would he pass his citizenship tests - at the Australian end. There are several similar cases of players changing nationalities from northern Ireland (in Great Britain) to Ireland and the big mover at the time of Australia's 2014 qualifying campaign was Diego Costa of Spain, then Brazil, so to be given Australian citizenship, in time for the World Cup, and then to be denied was disappointing for Adama Traore, his fans at Melbourne Victory and the Socceroos. Adama had lived in Australia for 5 years to this point and has taken no further part in Ivorian football, and may not, as proven by the fact that after receiving news that he would not be allowed by FIFA to play for his adopted country he continued the arduous naturalisation process for a further 8 months and finally became an "Aussie" in May 2014.
On the 8th of April 2014, Traoré officially became an Australian citizen.
The most prestigious award given to a Melbourne Victory player, the Victory Medal, was awarded to Adama Traore at the end of season awards ceremony on May 10, 2014.
Traoré has had spells with the Côte d'Ivoire U17, Côte d'Ivoire U19, & Côte d'Ivoire U21, playing a total of 7 games for his Country, scoring only one goal. Adama has played two games in the CAF-organised 2007 African Youth Championship (versus Congo and The Gambia) which doubled as a qualifier for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. During the same year, Traoré also participated in the Toulon Tournament and the UEMOA Tournament.
After arriving in Australia, Traoré stated that he would like to play for the Socceroos. However it later became clear that this was impossible as he had represented Côte d'Ivoire at youth level. Under the regulations of FIFA, a player's national allegiance cannot change after they have represented their country of origin at national youth level unless the player held dual nationality upon their original call-up.
Adama has also previously been selected for the senior national team to play against Senegal however having not yet played a game he has not received a full international cap, Adama turned down the opportunity to play this game as he had the ambition to play for the Socceroos.
A-League career statistics
- As of 10 October 2014
|Gold Coast United||2009–10||11||0||0||0||–||–||–||–||11||0|
With Côte d'Ivoire:
- Iain Strachan (September 28, 2013). "Top 15 A-League players: No. 12 Adama Traore". Goal.com.
- "35ème Festival Foot "Espoirs"" (in French). Festival Foot Esports.
- Out of Africa bonus for Gold Coast United
- "Adama Traoré reforça defesa". Vitória S.C. (in Portuguese). 14 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Technical Details – Congo – Cote d'Ivoire". CAFU20.com. Confederation of African Football. Archived from the original on 29 May 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "Technical Details – Cote d'Ivoire – Gambia". CAFU20.com. Confederation of African Football. Archived from the original on 29 May 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "http://tournoiuemoa.fr/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=230&Itemid=149". UEMOA. 15 November 2007.